The New Jersey Nets had a busy Thursday. They announced in the morning that center Brook Lopez would be out indefinitely with a fractured right foot. In the evening, the team announced that it had traded a draft pick to the Utah Jazz for 6-11 center Mehmet Okur.
And somewhere in there the team came to terms with veteran guard DeShawn Stevenson, according to ESPN. The word is that Stevenson will sign his one-year, $2.5 million deal Friday.
"He gives us a guy that has proven he likes to play defense and challenges guys defensively," Nets GM Billy King said, according to the site. "Veteran presence that's played the game and understands it. So from that standpoint, he's won a championship, so he knows what they had to put in to win it."
Stevenson averaged 5.3 points per game during the regular season for the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. He had a stellar game in Game 4 of the Finals against the Miami Heat when he scored 11 points and then again delivered in Game 6 with three 3-pointers that helped the Mavs overcome Miami,